Certified Addiction Counselor Course Information

Thank you for your interest in meeting the education requirements to become a Certified Addiction Counselor. You have made a decision to pursue one of the highest designations in the addictions field. With this designation, your prospects of finding the right job in the addictions field will increase dramatically. With the training you receive at The Academy for Addiction Professionals, you’ll be well prepared for the Florida Certification Board’s exam. Below, you’ll find more information on the educational requirements to become a CAC.

Certified Addiction Counselor standards for certification

Category: Requirement:
Degree: High School Diploma/GED, Associate/Vocational Degree, or higher
Work Experience:
High School Diploma / GED:

6,000 hours of direct experience in addictions fieldAssociates/Vocational Degree or Higher:
4,000 hours of direct experience in addictions field
High School Diploma / GED:

300 hours of direct supervision. A minimum of 16 hours must be documented in each of the professional practice dimensions.

Associates/Vocational Degree or Higher:

150 hours of direct supervision. A minimum of 8 hours must be documented in each of the professional practice dimensions.
Training: 250 hours of training. At least 130 hours must be allocated, as specified, among each of the professional practice dimensions:• Clinical Evaluation – 25 hours
• Treatment Planning – 15 hours
• Referral – 5 hours
• Service Coordination – 5 hours
• Counseling – 30 hours
• Client, Family, and Community Education –
10 hours
• Documentation – 10 hours
• Professional and Ethical Responsibilities –
30 hoursAt least 114 hours must be allocated, as specified, in the following transdisciplinary foundations:• Understanding Addiction/Treatment Knowledge-57 hours
• Application to Practice/Professional Readiness-57 hoursAt least 6 hours must be allocated in the following topic areas:• HIV/AIDS – 4 hours
• Domestic Violence – 2 hours
Recommendations: 3 professional letters of recommendation for certification.
Code of Ethics: Applicants must attest that they are bound by and will follow the FCB Code of Ethics in their professional practice.
Written Test: Must earn a passing score on the Florida Specific Exam**If reciprocity is desired, must earn passing score on the International
To see the exam requirements, click the following link: addiction exam.
Renewal: 20 CEUs each year



If you’re looking for another course, you may also click one of the links below to see information on that particular course:

CAP: Certified Addiction Professional
CBHT: Certified Behavioral Health Technician
Continuing Education in Addiction

Financing is available for students wishing to take classes in-person. We do not offer financing for distance and/or online learning. Please click here for more information or contact us directly at (877) 944-4235.

Online Classes


Take Classes Online

Receive certifications and CEUs for annual renewal online. Get started today.

On-Campus Classes


Attend Classes

Our classes are held monthly at the Academy in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.